Disclaimer: I consider myself friends with the author; I received an electronic advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
I finished reading this book at the height of summer in my very warm home office. But I didn’t even think of turning on the ceiling fan, because Alexander brought the freezing cold of the Arctic to cool me off instead. This sequel started with a bang and instantly hooked me, even if the beginning didn’t follow the path I expected. But it was the best sort of unexpected, with twists and turns that led to an epic ending.
This novel reads much more like an epic urban fantasy adventure novel than a traditional “young adult” book. The main characters are still in their late teens, but events have given them goals and focus.
Alexander has obviously done her research, which helps in bringing this book to life. This applies to both the physical details of traveling (mostly) safely in the Arctic and further exploration into a believable mythology for her Santa Claus/Krampus character and his world near the North Pole.
Readers of the first book should be very excited for this one, but new readers should go back to Snowed first for the full story. Both books are delicious holiday treats, no matter what time of year you’re reading them!